Litigation Writs 9/9/97

The West Bromwich Building Society is suing 26 firms from all over the country over advice given to borrowers which it claims has now rendered it vulnerable to actions brought by borrowers. The building society's claim concerns information and advice given by the firms, and their failure to give adequate information and advice to borrowers over equity release mortgages. The writ alleges that because of their negligence, negligent misstatement, misrepresentation and breach of contract the building society could be sued by borrowers. The West Bromwich Building Society seeks a declaration that the firms are liable to indemnify it against claims brought by borrowers over mortgage transactions and costs, and that they are liable for any losses suffered by the building society through any court order or any settlement of any of the potential claims. The firms that West Bromwich Building Society is suing include: Anthony Hodari and Co; Colin Rayner and Co; Llewellyn-Jones and Armon Ellis; Maurice Smiths; Lee Crowder; Coates and Co; Gowmans; Roskell Davies and Co; Rabson Davison and Booth; Millichips; Lockings; Fendom Dawson and Partners; JA Rosser; Waldrons; MJ Stables; Ivesons' Chappell and Perry; Wilcox Lane Clutterbuck; Walls Johnston and Co; Ronald D Whetton; Cartwright Cunningham Haslegrove and Co; Peter Thornley and Co; Elliott and Co; Fisher Lang Forbes McLean; Flint Bishop and Barnett; Peter WM Smith.

Writ issued by Eversheds, Birmingham.

Three Dagenham men who were badly injured when they fell through a roof while working in London are suing for compensation. Herbert Baker, Richard Baker and Reginald Gullefer are suing Four Seasons Roofing Group of Dorking, Surrey. The accident happened on 24 March 1994 in Marshgate Lane, London E15. The writ, which does not specify the injuries suffered by the men, claims the accident was caused by the company's negligence and breach of statutory duty.

Writ issued by E Fail, Bradshaw & Waterson, London E

Last week it was reported in this column in The Lawyer that recruitment consultancy Badenoch & Clark was suing its landlord over the state of its offices. In fact, the writ had already been withdrawn when the article appeared after both sides had settled the matter amicably.